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The International Dermatology Society

The History and Evolution of the International Society of Dermatology

The International Society of Dermatology was founded by Drs. Aldo Castellani and Frederick Reiss in 1959.
The Society had a particular interest in global dermatology and tropical skin diseases but also had a broad interest in all aspects of dermatology as basic sciences, venereology, public health and in teaching dermatology in developing countries

In 1984 the Society's name was changed to The International Society of Dermatology, Tropical, Geographic and Ecologic in order to better reflect the Society's global interests in all aspects of dermatology. As the only international society of members, in 1999 the name was again changed to The International Society of Dermatology with members from seventy-eight countries throughout the world.

Nowadays the International Society of Dermatology has more than 3000 members, and it publishes monthly the International Journal of Dermatology, specifically designed to provide dermatologists around the world with a regular, up-to-date source of information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of skin diseases. With a total circulation of 8500 subscriptions, the International Journal of Dermatology reaches 3,000 individual subscribers and 5500 libraries.  


2013-2017 Executive Board

ISD President

Evangeline Handog, MD

Assistant Secretary-General

Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President

Jean Bolognia, MD

Chair, Membership

Thomas Ruzicka, MD


Nellie Konnikov, MD


MGeorge Reizner, MD

Chair, Communications Committee

Dedee Murrell, MD, FAAD, FACD

Immediate Past Present - Ex-Officio

Francisco Kerdel, MD

2013-2017 Board of Directors

Vice Presidents

Luca Borradori, MD (Switzerland)
Paulo Rowilson Cunha, MD PhD (Brazil)
Lawrence Gibson, MD (USA)
Abdul-Ghani Kibbi, MD, FACP, FAAD (Lebanon)
Aldo Morrone, MD (Italy)
Keyvan Nouri, MD (USA)
Vinod K. Sharma, MD, FAMS, FIMSA, FIAD (India)
Gail Todd, BSc (Agric) MBChB, FFDerm (SA),  PhD (South Africa)
Shyam Verma, MBBS, DVD, FRCP (India)
Oliverio Welsh, MD, DrSc (Mexico)
Board of Directors

Kassahun Bilcha, MD (Ethiopia)
Luiz G M Castro, MD, PhD and MSc (Brazil)
Hong-Duo Chen, MD (China)
Pavel Chernyshov, MD, PhD, MSc (Ukraine)
Nejib Doss, MD (Tunisia)
Yahya Dowlati, MD, PhD (Iran)
Mercedes Florez-White, MD (USA)
Xinghua Gao, MD, PhD (China)
Sima Halevy, MD (Israel)
Martin Kassir, MD (USA)
Louise Kronborg Andersen, MD (Denmark)
Sujith Prasad Kumarasinghe, MBBS,MD,FAMS,FACD (Australia)
Koushik Lahiri, MBBS, DVD (CAL), FAAD, FIAD, FFAADV, MRCPS (Glasgow)
Margarita Larralde, MD, PhD (Argentina)

Mojakgomo Hendrick Motswaledi, MBChB, MMED(DERM), FCDERM(SA) (South Africa)
Jorge Ocampo Candiani, MD (Mexico)
Adebola Ogunbiyi, MBBS, FWACP, FMCP, Diploma in Dermatology (Nigeria)
Azer Rashid, MBBS,PhD,FRCP (Pakistan)
Rashmi Sarkar, MD, MNAMS, FAAD (India)
Robert Schwartz, MD (USA)
Rekha Sheth, MD (India)
Jacek Szepietowski, MD, PhD (Poland)
Alin Laurentiu Tatu, MD, PhD (Romania)
Kenneth Tomecki, MD (USA)
Antonella Tosti, MD (USA / Italy)

Immediate Past President
Francisco (Pancho) Kerdel, MD (USA)

Anthony Benedetto, DO, FACP (USA)


The Society organizes and promotes international congresses every four years where participants from all parts of the world can meet and engage in the free exchange of scientific and clinical knowledge.

After the First Congress, the Castellani-Reiss Medal and Award was established to be given at each Congress to an outstanding contributor to the field of tropical dermatology.

Since 1964 ICD number of participants and exhibitors has been increasing. During 2013, 4.800 participants attended ICD. For ICD 2017, to be held in Buenos Aires the society is expecting more than 6000 participants from all over the world.  A greater proportion of attendees from Latin America, especially Argentina and Brazil are expected.


First ICD World Congress | 1964 | Naples, Italy
Congress President Pietro Cerutti, M.D.

Second ICD World Congress | 1969 | Kyoto, Japan
Congress President Shin-ichi Matsumoto, M.D.

Third ICD World Congress | 1975 | Sao Paulo, Brazil
Congress President Sebastiao A.P. Sampaio, M.D.

Fourth ICD World Congress | 1979 | New Orleans, USA
Congress President Henry W. Jolly, Jr., M.D.

Fifth ICD World Congress | 1984 | Mexico City, Mexico
Congress President Ramon Ruiz-Maldonado, M.D.

Sixth ICD World Congress | 1989 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Congress President Ruben Azulay, M.D.

Seventh ICD World Congress | 1994 | New Delhi, India
Congress President Lalit Bhutani, M.D.

Eighth ICD World Congress | 1999 | Cairo, Egypt
Congress President Mohammed Amer, M.D.

Ninth ICD World Congress | 2004 | Beijing, China
Congress President Hong Duo-Chen, M.D.

Tenth ICD World Congress | 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic
Congress President Jana Hercogova, M.D.

Eleventh ICD World Congress | 2013 | New Delhi, India
Congress President Vinod Sharma, M.D.

Twelve ICD World Congress | 2017 | Buenos Aires, Arg
Congress President Ricardo Galimberti


Local Organizing Committee

President Ricardo Galimberti

Secretary General Gastón Galimberti

María Valeria Angles | Antonia Barquin | María Marta Bujan | Andrea Bettina Cervini | Paula Enz | Ramón Fernández Bussy | Daniel Galimberti | Roberto Glorio | Margarita Larralde | Viviana Parra | Luis Sevinsky
Scientific Program Committee

Chairman Jorge Ocampo Candiani, Mexico

Luna Azulay Abulafia, Brazil | Maria Barona, Colombia | Jean Bolognia, USA | Francisco Camacho, Spain | Ricardo Galimberti, Argentina | Gastón Galimberti, Argentina | Alberto Gianetti, Italy | Rod Hay, United Kingdom | Steve Katz, USA | Francisco Kerdel, USA | Omar Lupi, Brazil | Dedee Murrell, Australia | Ricardo Perez Alfonzo, Venezuela | Thomas Ruzicka, Germany | Rajeev Sharma, India

ICD 2017 will take place from Tuesday, April 18 to Saturday April 22, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The venue of the Congress is the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center.

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center
San Martín 1225 1104 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The official language of the Congress is English.

The Organizing Committee is planning an exciting social program. It will be a good opportunity for attendees and their guests, and for exhibitors, to meet and renew old acquaintances and establish new links

All Abstracts should be submitted online in English through the official Congress website.
For information and questions, please refer to the Call for Abstracts page or contact

Only congress delegates, with a valid badge, have access to session rooms. Seating is regulated on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend delegates to go to the session room well in advance. Due to safety regulations, the organizers will close the session room when all seats are taken. It is not allowed to stand in the aisles of the rooms.

The certificate of attendance will be available to download online after the congress. Use your registration number provide at your badge so to accede to the online diploma. Please keep in mind to save your badge

Each delegate will receive a voucher to collect the Congress material.

The organizers do not accept responsibility for any personal damage. Participants are strongly recommended to arrange their own personal insurance.

The sound and flashlights of mobile phones must be switched off during all sessions.  

The Congress has been designated as non-smoking events throughout the entire venue, including all meeting halls, functions, registration and catering areas. All the participants are kindly requested to respect the no-smoking policy.

A large exhibition area will be available, providing ample opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to present their products, technologies and services.
Interested companies may contact: Ms Liliana Coronelli:

The safety of all congress attendees is of utmost importance to the Congress Committee and has taken international security standards precautions to ensure the maximum possible safety for all ICD 2017 participants. Please take all personal effects with you when leaving a session room.

Attendees of the ICD 2017 are encouraged to connect using social media! We will be tweeting #ICD2017, so make sure to connect with us. What Do I Tweet About? Anything related to the ICD! Is there something you hope will be included in the program? Do you have memories from the previous ICD Congresses? Are you attending? Presenting? Tweet about it! You can tweet while at the ICD too!

Registered press representatives may attend all scientific sessions. Photographing during sessions is allowed for personal and non-commercial use only, i.e. photos cannot be published or reproduced in any way. Outside of the scientific sessions, you need written permission by the ICD Organizing Committee for photography, filming, and interviews at any location within the congress venue. Filming of the congress sessions is only possible for a few minutes (news coverage). Video recording of the congress sessions is not allowed.

Found items should be returned to the Registration Desk. If you lose or find something, please report to this desk for assistance.

There is a medical unit present for first aid outside the venue. In case of emergency, contact a security guard

A special Charge and Connect Area is available the exhibition area. Here you can also charge your mobile devices.

The cloakroom is located close the Retiro Room, 1st floor and open during congress hours. Please be sure to collect all personal belongings at the end of each day.

With the ICD 2017 App you have instant access to the most important information of the Congress via your smartphone. You will be able to browse the complete scientific program by day, topic, speaker, and create your own personal program thanks to the planner. You can find the rooms and exhibitor booths on the floor plans.

Each participant will receive a name badge upon check-in at the Registration Desk. The badge will be the official meeting document and should be worn at all times in order to gain entry to the meeting rooms. Please note that access to any of the Congress areas will not be possible without an official badge.
In order to comply with the security requirements of the secretariat, participants are expected to wear their badges at all times and in all areas. No badge, no admission. If you have lost your badge, a new one can be purchased from the Congress Secretariat against proof of your original registration, at a cost of US$ 30.

There is a Speakers’ Pre-View Room situated in the Second Floor of the venue. Speakers can check in, drop off and finalize their PowerPoint® presentations. To avoid delays caused by switching computers at the platform booting up computers and potential compatibility problems, the Organizing Committee has made available to speakers the standard A/V system for computer projection. To ensure smooth transition between speakers and appropriate audiovisual technical support, it is requested that speakers do not plan on connecting their laptop to the LCD projector, nor even bring their own LCDs.
Every speaker has to go to the Pre View room beforehand to bring his PowerPoint® presentation, at least three hours before the beginning of the session. Speakers making their presentation in the early morning sessions should ensure that they have checked-in during the previous day.


Buenos Aires - Host City

Buenos Aires is a city of 11 million inhabitants, the ninth-largest city in the world that represents the best of classical Europe and the most modern advantages of the beginning of the century.
This complex, energetic, and seductive port city, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata, has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Porteños, as the multinational people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity.
This is a city characterized by the multiplicity of its artistic expressions, ranging from the great assortment of sculptures and monuments to streets and corners that surprise the visitor with their allegorical reliefs and murals.
The city’s museums, art galleries and theaters bear witness to its reputation as one of the most important cities in the Americas for its cultural and artistic activities. Although it is a modern city with imposing turn-of-the-century European-style buildings, it also has some well-preserved districts of typical colonial architecture. It has everything to turn your visit into unforgettable experiences. The well-known warmth of its people, its groovy tangos and the exciting Sunday soccer afternoons are marvellous. Buenos Aires is also a safe city. Lastly, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, unique in South America, will probably surprise you. In the last few years, the city has undergone a startling transformation in terms of urban planning, architecture, the economy and cultural life.

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Airport arrival and transfer
The “Ministro Pistarini” is the international airport, located at Ezeiza; it is 35 km (22 miles) southwest of downtown Buenos Aires. This airport is the main gate to Argentina, where all international flights arrive.
There are several options to get to your destination in Buenos Aires from the in­ternational Ezeiza Airport.

For a private car service you may contact the official agency:
Medieval E.V y T
Tel: +54 11 4783 8105 |

The most se­cure transfers at the airport:
Taxi Ezeiza | Reservations: (+54 11) 5480-0066 |

Manuel Tienda León Bus Company  .
Reservations: (+54 11) 4314 3636 / (+54 11) 4315 5115 | 0810 – 888 – 5366

Either Taxi Ezeiza and Manuel Tienda Leon can be paid by credit card.
Airport website:

The “Jorge Newbery Airport” is located on the city riverside, five minutes from downtown. From there you can fly to the provinces and some neighboring countries.
For further information check the airports website: www

Credit Cards
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, stores and restaurants.

Electric Current
The electric current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 Cycles.

The climate of Buenos Aires is mild all year round. In the sunny days of spring, mornings are slightly cold; the temperature rises at midday and drops again at night. The average temperature in October in Buenos Aires is about 16º C (61º F).
If you plan to visit Patagonia, temperatures might drop below 0º C (32º F).

Sanitary Information
No special measures must be taken for travelling to Buenos Aires and to the main tourist destinations in Argentina. Check with your physician for appropriate advice if you plan on visiting other places in South America.
The public water supply is reliable.

Argentina’s country code is 54. Buenos Aires’ area code is 11.

Time differences
Buenos Aires’ time zone is 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

The official language of the country is Spanish, but English is spoken at most hotels, restaurants, shops and in the main tourist areas.

The cosmopolitan population of Buenos Aires is reflected in a variety of excellent restaurants and cafés, at a walking distance from the hotel zone, which are open until late at night. They offer a diversity of cuisine including vegetarian food and the best beef.
In addition, Argentine wines are excellent,  their outstanding quality is recognized around the world. Tipping is not included in the service charge and is usually 10%.
Dinner is served from 20.00 h to midnight.

Security: cut your risk
Buenos Aires is a safe city, although it is convenient to take some special precautions.
Practice the same caution you would practice when visiting major metropolitan destinations in your country, and we are sure that your stay in Buenos Aires will be very pleasant.